A morning in the garden

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Enkele Late T. - Roi du Midi

We started early for a Sunday morning.  My partner Rob was determined to see the tulip fields and the Keukenhof gardens this year.  We had been warned that the lines just to drive in were long.  Since the gardens are only open from mid-March thru early May it is a very busy place.  In addition to the timing the weather was perfect.  It had been sunny and clear for days now.  Everyone is nervous about when it will end, but loving it while it lasts.  Our friend David was going with us, I think it was an insurance policy to ensure we went and left at the agreed upon time. 

 

Rob was up and moving at 7:30 because he had to go across town and pick up our car.

Moxed beauties
  Living in the center of Amsterdam we don’t use it much and want to park it safely and cheaply, so it is a 20 minute tram ride to get to it.  After he was ready and on his way I began to get ready.  David showed up just before Rob got back.  Camera, snacks, and sunglasses in hand we were off.  The drive to the gardens was nice and amazingly there were no lines.  I kept questioning the TomTom’s  directions because it seemed to be taking longer than I thought it should .  The TomTom also tends to give me bad directions at times.  I really think it hates me and plays games with me.  Once it had me drive down a midieval pedestrian street that was so narrow a woman tapped on my window from her café table to give me directions. 

 

We were winding down some very narrow streets when we began to see the tale-tale signs we were close.

Dubbele Late T. - Orange Princess
  Long expansive strips of color were rolling out for kilometers, each one a different type or color of flower.  It was like someone had laid down a multi-colored carpet across the landscape.  A few of the fields had already peaked and the petals lay in the spaces between rows providing ribbons of colors next to the green plants that were left.  It was an amazing sight to see.  We stopped to get some shots of these glorious creations that were nothing more than mass plantings for cultivation and sale.

 

Our sense of smell was immediately assaulted when we stepped out off the car.  The sweet and aromatic odor hung in the air and enveloped us.  It was absolutely wonderful.  We crossed the road from where we parked to the fields.  They were even more spectacular up close with the bulbs so close together some were touching.

Lilly pads
  We completed our gawking and photo taking and returned to the car.  Now we moved down road a short distance to the parking directly across from the entrance to Keukenhof.    Man were we doing well.  After a quick stop for biological reasons we headed to the ticket booth.  After standing in line a few minutes David realized he left his sunglasses in the car.  He attempted to find it by himself, but ended up coming back empty handed.  As we still had a ways to move in the line Rob headed to the car with him while I waited.  A speedy return with sunglasses in hand and we made it to the form of the line.  After being relieved of 46.50 Euros for entrance and parking we were granted access. 

 

We made our way past the food stand and employees selling maps for and additional 4 Euros to the garden.

Walking on Water
  It virtually bloomed before us.  There were wide lanes going in three directions with multi colored beds full of many varieties of tulips, narcissus, and other flowers.  It was absolutely breath taking (especially if you have allergies).  We wander down the lanes awe-struck by the beauty of the blooms.  The beds were planted so that there were plants in different stages of maturity.  This was to ensure a longer period of colorful beds.  I had never realized how many different variations of flowers there are.  We say them with wave edges, frayed edges, double blooms, upside down blooms, miniatures, different shades of color, and the list just goes on.  We made our way to the pond through sculptured flower beds, fountains, and sculptures.  They have actually installed pillars in the pond to allow people to walk out onto it by hopping from wooden lily pad to wooden lily pad, very cool and fun.
Sunny colors
  As we moved on David realized he has lost one of his clip on sunglass lenses.  Since they were custom made for the glasses we mounted a search.  Unfortunately it was not found. At this point we needed a snack.  After a nice bowl of soup, it was on to more flowers.

 

The garden just kept going and continued to amaze us.  We explored the greenhouse and found some wonderful stained glass.  There was on piece that was of a daffodil that my mother would love.  We also laughed at a few of the different names for the species.  David couldn’t resist a hotdog before we exited the greenhouse.  We made for the windmill after that.  There was line to go up to the observation deck and it was packed full.

  We avoid that.  At this point Rob and I were getting hungry.  We made our way through the Japanese Tea Garden to the exit.  

 

We returned to the car and headed back home.  On the way home we munched on nuts from the Saturday morning market near our house.  What a wonderful experience this was and so many beautiful flowers.

ik-ben-10eke says:
Beautiful pictures, and such a vivid description of the day.
Posted on: Jul 07, 2009
Larrys says:
Great story. The flowers must have been beautiful. Is it still open mid May?
Posted on: May 10, 2009
tj1777 says:
a very durch blog
Posted on: May 10, 2009
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Enkele Late T. - Roi du Midi
Enkele Late T. - Roi du Midi
Moxed beauties
Moxed beauties
Dubbele Late T. - Orange Princess
Dubbele Late T. - Orange Princess
Lilly pads
Lilly pads
Walking on Water
Walking on Water
Sunny colors
Sunny colors
Deep Purple of Gefranjerde T. - Tr…
Deep Purple of Gefranjerde T. - T…
Fringe of Gefranjerde T. - Travell…
Fringe of Gefranjerde T. - Travel…
Fields of orange and gold
Fields of orange and gold
Windmill in the wild
Windmill in the wild
Pure heaven
"Pure" heaven
Glowing white
Glowing white
Hidden canal
Hidden canal
T. Greigil - Toronto
T. Greigil - Toronto
Sculpture by Hugo Hol
Sculpture by Hugo Hol
The red, white, and blue
The red, white, and blue
Way of the blooms
Way of the blooms
Red and white beauties
Red and white beauties
Leliebloemige Tulip - Claudia
Leliebloemige Tulip - Claudia
Beds of blooms
Beds of blooms
Hyacint
Hyacint
Beds of beauty
Beds of beauty
Anemone Blanda
Anemone Blanda
T. Fosteriana - Flaming Purissima
T. Fosteriana - Flaming Purissima
Darw. Hybr. T. - Design Impression
Darw. Hybr. T. - Design Impression
Cool cream
Cool cream
Blazing red
Blazing red
Patchwork
Patchwork
Narcis
Narcis
T. Greigll - Princesse Charmante
T. Greigll - Princesse Charmante
T. Greigll - Princesse Charmante
T. Greigll - Princesse Charmante
Organge and yellow grouping
Organge and yellow grouping
Strips are so in
Strips are so in
Walking on the lane
Walking on the lane
Arch of Narcis
Arch of Narcis
White Narcis
White Narcis
Narcis
Narcis
Classic Narcis
Classic Narcis
Centers tipped with orange
Centers tipped with orange
Hold that pose
Hold that pose
Swaying in the breeze
Swaying in the breeze
Notice the hanging pieces on the N…
Notice the hanging pieces on the …
Look this way
Look this way
In a sea of tulips
In a sea of tulips
Mixed Narcis
Mixed Narcis
Winding road of flowers
Winding road of flowers
Pretty in pink
Pretty in pink
Blanket of blooms
Blanket of blooms
Fritillaria - Persica
Fritillaria - Persica
HEad and shoulders above the rest
HEad and shoulders above the rest
Splash of yellow
Splash of yellow
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Bunches of bulbs
Bunches of bulbs
Purple is Triumf T - Rolando
Purple is Triumf T - Rolando
Winding road of color
Winding road of color
Soaking up the sun and blooms
Soaking up the sun and blooms
Just wrap it around the tree
Just wrap it around the tree
Rising flames of color
Rising flames of color
Just a little hop
Just a little hop
Darw. Hybr. T. - Blushing Apeldoorn
Darw. Hybr. T. - Blushing Apeldoorn
Triumf T - Carnaval de Rio
Triumf T - Carnaval de Rio
Fritillaria Imp. - Garland Star
Fritillaria Imp. - Garland Star
Sweeping to the pond
Sweeping to the pond
Rhododendron
Rhododendron
Riding to the party
Riding to the party
T. Fosteriana - Albion Star
T. Fosteriana - Albion Star
T. Fosteriana - Albion Star
T. Fosteriana - Albion Star
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Darw. Hybr. T. - Banja Luka
Darw. Hybr. T. - Banja Luka
By the reflecting pool
By the reflecting pool
Rob in the thick of it
Rob in the thick of it
Branching out
Branching out
Looking into T Fosteriana - Juan
Looking into T Fosteriana - Juan
Looking down on T Fosteriana - Juan
Looking down on T Fosteriana - Juan
Just a glimse of yellow on T Foste…
Just a glimse of yellow on T Fost…
Darw Hybr T - Banja Luka
Darw Hybr T - Banja Luka
T. GreigII - Treasure
T. GreigII - Treasure
T. GreigII - Roodkapje
T. GreigII - Roodkapje
Over the top Tulipa - Lady Jane
Over the top Tulipa - Lady Jane
Close-up Tulipa - Lady Jane
Close-up Tulipa - Lady Jane
Profile Tulipa - Lady Jane
Profile Tulipa - Lady Jane
Muscari - Latifolium
Muscari - Latifolium
Mix of white and purple
Mix of white and purple
Across the pond
Across the pond
Narcis in yellow and orange
Narcis in yellow and orange
Narcis center of orange
Narcis center of orange
Tulip shaped bed
Tulip shaped bed
Close-up of the blooms
Close-up of the blooms
At the top of the Fritillaria Imp.…
At the top of the Fritillaria Imp…
T. GreigII - Zampa Parrot
T. GreigII - Zampa Parrot
HIdden cottage
HIdden cottage
Bloom after bloom
Bloom after bloom
Dubbele Vroege T. - Willemsoord
Dubbele Vroege T. - Willemsoord
Double take of Dubbele Vroege T. -…
Double take of Dubbele Vroege T. …
Mixed Narcis
Mixed Narcis
Yellow and white Narcis
Yellow and white Narcis
Bow your head
Bow your head
Fritillaria Imp. - Garland Star
Fritillaria Imp. - Garland Star
Narcis - Actaea
Narcis - Actaea
Narcis with a delicate center
Narcis with a delicate center
Dubbele Voerge T. - Willem van Ora…
Dubbele Voerge T. - Willem van Or…
Garden view
Garden view
Up close and personal
Up close and personal
True tulips
True tulips
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Fritillaria Imp. - Aurora
Narcis
Narcis
Parkiet T. - Super Parrots
Parkiet T. - Super Parrots
Darw. Hybr. T. - Jaap Groot
Darw. Hybr. T. - Jaap Groot
Dubbele Vroege T. - Huis Ten Bosch
Dubbele Vroege T. - Huis Ten Bosch
Dubbele Voerge T. - Huis Ten Bosch
Dubbele Voerge T. - Huis Ten Bosch
Gefranjerde T. - Mustang
Gefranjerde T. - Mustang
Triumf T. - Normamajor
Triumf T. - Normamajor
To the heart of the matter Triumf …
To the heart of the matter Triumf…
Triumf T. - Chansonette
Triumf T. - Chansonette
Enkele Late T. - Roi du Midi
Enke…
Enkele Late T. - Roi du Midi Enk…
Gefranjerde T. - Cummins
Gefranjerde T. - Cummins
Parkiet T. - Flaming Green Parrot
Parkiet T. - Flaming Green Parrot
Leliebloemige T. - Marjan
Leliebloemige T. - Marjan
Begonia - Borias
Begonia - Borias
D.V.T. - Monte Carlo
D.V.T. - Monte Carlo
Dubbele Late T. - Black Hero
Dubbele Late T. - Black Hero
Front and center of Triumf T. - Ma…
Front and center of Triumf T. - M…
Profile please Triumf T. - Marjole…
Profile please Triumf T. - Marjol…
Dubbele Vroege T. - Peach Blossom
Dubbele Vroege T. - Peach Blossom
Tulipa no. V.S. -99-5
Tulipa no. V.S. -99-5
Dark purple
Dark purple
Tulipa no. V.S. -99-2
Tulipa no. V.S. -99-2
Enkele Late T. - Twister
Enkele Late T. - Twister
Dubbele Vroege T. - Monsella
Dubbele Vroege T. - Monsella
Enkele Late T. - Twister
Enkele Late T. - Twister
Gefranjerde T. - Pacific Pearl
Gefranjerde T. - Pacific Pearl
Enkele Late T. - Sky High Gold
Enkele Late T. - Sky High Gold
Narcissus - Delnashaugh
Narcissus - Delnashaugh
Hyacint - Woodstock
Hyacint - Woodstock
Puffs
Puffs
Astilbe - Mars
Astilbe - Mars
Dubbele Late T. - Ice Cream
Dubbele Late T. - Ice Cream
Real Live Windmill
Real Live Windmill
Looking out on the tulips fields
Looking out on the tulips fields
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